Black Bean Brownies

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Last week we made these black bean brownies for our superfood presentation! Our presentation was to senior citizens and they really enjoyed the brownies! They could not tell the brownies had black beans. The superfoods that are in this recipe are black beans, spinach and cocoa powder! This is a great dessert to make without the guilt of eating a regular brownie! The brownies came out very dense compared to other brownies that I have made. Let me know what you think!

xo Jackie

Prep Time:  10 minutes Cook Time: 25-30 minutes Yield: 16 brownies

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  • 1 (15 oz.) can reduced-sodium black beans, well-rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder *(dark cocoa powder can be another alternative)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking pan or dish with non-stick spray or line with foil or parchment.

Put the black beans, spinach, and eggs in the bowl of a food processor and process until completely smooth. Try not to have any chunks of beans!

Add the oil, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, instant coffee powder, baking powder, and salt. Process until completely combined.

Transfer to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, and put in the oven.

Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for about 20-30 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Calories: 116

Protein: 3.2g

Fat: 4.7g

Carbohydrates: 17.1g

WW+pts: +3 pts

The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip Ever

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My boyfriend loves spinach and artichoke dip, so we had to experiment and find the best recipe! This recipe was from The Pioneer Woman but I changed the type of milk the recipe called for to make it a bit healthier. This is not the healthiest recipe, but its the best spinach and artichoke dip you will ever have!

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Yield: 16 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons Garlic, Minced
  • 1 bag Spinach
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans Artichoke Hearts, Rinsed And Drained
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter (additional)
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1-1/2 cup Whole Milk (more If Needed)
  • 1 package (8 Ounce) Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Crumbled Feta
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
  • 3/4 cups Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
  • Extra Grated Pepper Jack
  • Pita Wedges, Tortilla Chips, Crackers

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Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Crank up the heat a bit and throw in the spinach. Stir around and cook for a couple of minutes until the spinach wilts. Remove the spinach from the skillet and put it in a small strainer. Squeeze the excess juice back into the skillet. Set the spinach aside.

Throw in the artichokes and cook over medium high heat for several minutes, until liquid is cooked off and artichokes start to get a little color. Remove the artichokes.

In the same skillet or a different pot, melt 3 additional tablespoons of butter and whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour until it makes a paste. Cook over medium-low heat for a minute or two, then pour in milk. Stir and cook until slightly thickened; splash in more milk if needed.

Add cream cheese, feta, Parmesan, pepper jack, and cayenne and stir until cheese are melted and sauce is smooth. Chop artichokes and spinach and add to the sauce. Stir to combine.

Pour into buttered baking dish. Top with extra grated pepper jack and bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Serve with pita wedges, chips, or crackers!

Calories: 174

Protein: 6g

Sodium: 222mg

Fat: 14g

Carbohydrate: 8g

WW+pts: +5pts

Crispy Smashed Potato with Avocado Garlic Aioli

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I have been trying out Oh She Glows recipes for a few weeks now! This is a great side dish to make for anyone! The avocado garlic aioli sauce is a crowd pleaser! Let me know what you think!

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Yields: 7 potatoes

Ingredients:

For the potatoes-

  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (or try red or new potatoes)
  • 2-2.5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper (be generous)
  • Garlic powder, for sprinkling on top
  • 1/3-1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

Avocado garlic aioli-

  • 1 large avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup soy-free Veganaise (or vegan mayo of your choice)
  • Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

Add potatoes into a large pot and cover with water (I do not peel the potatoes). Place on stove top and turn heat to high. When the water starts to boil, reduce heat slightly, and simmer uncovered for 20-25 minutes, until tender.

Meanwhile, prepare the avocado aioli. Add garlic into food processor and process until minced. Now add the rest of the aioli ingredients and process until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

When potatoes are fork tender, drain in a colander and cool for 10 minutes or so. Preheat oven to 450F.

Place potatoes on a large lightly greased baking sheet. With the base of a mug or measuring cup, smash or press down on each potato until it’s mostly flattened (see photo in post). Some potatoes might break apart a little, but this is totally fine.

Drizzle each potato with about 1 teaspoon of oil and sprinkle on a generous amount of salt and pepper. Finally, sprinkle on some garlic powder.

Roast potatoes in the oven for 25-30 minutes until crispy, golden, and browned on the bottom. I roasted the potatoes for 30 minutes as I used fairly large potatoes. Keep an eye on them as cook time will vary.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley, more sea salt, and pepper. Serve immediately with avocado aioli and watch them go lightening fast!!

Taken from: Oh She Glows

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Moroccan Chickpea Soup

 

 

IMG_0178I found frozen garbanzo beans and I did not know how to use them! They have a different texture then the canned garbanzo beans. Making a soup was the best option! I decided to make this recipe because all of the ingredients were staples that I always have on hand! Let me know what you think!

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 12 hours Cook Time: 30-45 minutes Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of dried Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), soaked overnight (You can use canned just skip the first step)
  • 2 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup onions, chopped
  • 2/3 cup tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small hot pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 lemon juiced
  • 1/3 sweet paprika
  • 1/3 tsp ground turmeric powder

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In a soup pot combine the chickpeas and water and bring to a rolling boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium and cook 1 hour. (Alternatively, you can also cook these in the pressure cooker) {You’re looking for the chickpeas to be cooked with a bite to them} {Skip if using canned beans.

While the beans are cooking, heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onions, garlic, and hot pepper until they barely take on color; very slightly browned.

Add the mixture and the remainder of the ingredients (except coriander & lemon juice) to the soup pot and simmer 30-45 minutes or until the chickpeas are soft. You don’t want a “bite” to the chickpeas but firm and creamy.

Garnish with coriander (or parsley), lemon juice & serve!

Calories: 264

Protein: 12g

Sodium: 1100mg

Fat: 7g

Carbohydrates: 42g

WW+pt: +7 pts

Easy Cream-less Cauliflower Soup

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When I went home a few weeks ago, the family I babysat for had this soup for dinner. It was so good and refreshing! I had to get the recipe! (I do not know where the original source is from) This soup is very easy to make and great for a light lunch, snack or an appetizer! I have been having it for dinner with some crackers! Let me know what you think!

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium leek, sliced and washed
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large head Cauliflower
  • 4 ½ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • salt & white pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sherry wine vinegar
  • minced chives for garnish

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Directions:

In a large sauce pan, sauté the leek and onion in 2 tablespoon for butter until translucent (about 8 to 10 minutes).

 

Core the cauliflower and cut away the leaves and gray outer sides of the stem. Slice stem and set aside. Cut enough tiny florets to make one cup and set aside. Slice the rest of the cauliflower into steaks.

 

When leeks and onion are done, add 4 ½ cups of water, cauliflower stems and half of the cauliflower steaks. Cook for 15 minutes. Add in rest of cauliflower steak and cook for 15 more minutes. (When you cook cauliflower for a longer time, it develops a sweet and nutty flavor. When you cook it for a shorter time, it has a fresh and grassy flavor. Doing it this way creates depth of flavor).

 

Puree cauliflower soup until smooth. Transfer soup back into saucepan. At this point you can add more water if you want a thinner soup or not. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. (Soup can be made up until this point and refrigerated for a week or frozen.)

Calories: 56

Protein: 2g

Sodium: 25mg

Fat: 3g

Carbohydrates: 7g

WW+pts: +2 pts

Flourless Thumbprint Breakfast Cookies

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This recipe was from Oh She Glows blog! These cookies are so easy to make and great for you! I have been looking for snacks for on the go since I never know when I will be coming home from my rotations. This cookie is perfect for that! I recommend using less oats than what the recipe says. Let me know what you think!

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 5 minute Cook Time: 11-13 minutes Yields: 8 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 large bananas)
  • 2 cups rolled oats (I ended only using 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 tbs ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt (recommended sea salt)
  • 8 tsp jam
  • Optional: Peanut butter (or almond or sunflower seed butter for serving)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.In a food processor, add the oats and pulse until a coarse meal forms. Next, in a large bowl, mash the banana. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the jam and nut butter. The mixture will be very wet and dense.

With a retractable ice cream scoop or a spoon, scoop the dough into 8 mounds. The cookies do not need to be spaced far apart on the baking sheet as they don’t spread out. Press your thumb (or small spoon) into the centre of each cookie to create a well. Fill each well with 1 heaping teaspoon of jam.

Bake cookies at 350F for 11-13 minutes, until the cookies are slightly firm, but soft and doughy in the middle. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack for 10 minutes or so.

If desired, serve cookies with your preference of nut or seed butter.

Calories: 115

Fat: 3g

Protein: 3g

Carbohydrates: 21g

Sodium: 6mg

WW+pts: +3

Recipe from: Oh She Glows 

Almond Flour Banana Bread

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It has been months since I last updated my blog. My internship has taken up a lot of my time and therefore I have not been able to post any recipes!…But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been in the kitchen cooking!

A family I babysit for has been following the Paleo diet and has been sharing recipes with me. I tried out this banana bread and it was really good! I was suggest it to anyone who is experimenting with gluten free diets or following a Paleo diet. I do think that this banana bread is a bit sweeter than a regular banana bread. If you’re not into the sweet breads but still want to make banana bread, I would suggest my Healthy Banana Bread recipe.

xo Jackie

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Cook Time: 45-50 minutes  Yields: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of almond flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 tbs melted coconut oil or butter
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

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Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; grease a 1.5 quart loaf pan.

Whisk together the almond flour, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; set aside . In the bowl of a stand mixer (or another large mixing bowl if you’re using a hand mixer), mix the eggs, bananas, sugar, coconut oil (or butter) and vanilla on medium speed until well blended. Mix in the almond flour mixture in three additions on low speed, mixing well and scraping down the sides after each addition. Stir in the walnuts.

Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Place a wire rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes before turning out the loaf. Allow to cool completely before slicing and serving.

Calories: 277

Carbohydrates: 14.7g

Protein: 2.6g

Fat: 21g

Sodium: 227.g mg

WW+pts: +7